Festive Fall Activities

Autumn leaves

I've always loved fall, probably because my birthday is in October. So I'll take any excuse to put on a sweater, pick some Apples and stomp through some crispy leaves. The official first day of autumn is September 22, which means it's time to heat up some apple cider and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. You […]

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Find Your Creepy Family

Addams Family original cast

They may be creepy and kooky and altogether spooky, but the Addams family has been around since 1964. My favorite Addams was always Uncle Fester. His silly tricks never failed to make me giggle. Celebrate 50 years of this kooky crew by seeing some of the original TV show hijinks, watching one of the Addams Family movies or trying one […]

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Arrr! Pirates for a Day

pirate ship at sunset

Yo-ho-ho mateys, arrrr ye ready!? September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day! What can be more fun than dressing like a pirate? Talking like one!! Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a small celebration among friends in 1995 after an outburst of "Aaarr!" when John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball. They realized that […]

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Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

chocolate fountain

“For me, the pleasure of writing comes with inventing stories.” – Roald Dahl Author Roald Dahl is known for his extremely inventive stories that have brought children pleasure since 1961. Celebrate his books and his love of stories on September 13, Roald Dahl Day. Younger children will enjoy the colorful, illustrated edition of The Enormous Crocodile. A greedy, […]

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Fun Ways to Live Healthy

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so why not learn some healthy habits to start off the new school year? Reading about healthy eating doesn't have to be boring like an old textbook. The Monster Health Book offers tasty menu tips and food group facts with a dose of humor. Even better than just reading about nutrition, why not […]

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Jon Scieszka Q & A

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor book cover

Get to know the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and September's Author of the Month, Jon Scieszka (rhymes with "Fresca"). He explains the inspiration behind the first book in his new Frank Einstein series, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, what got him started in writing and his love of new words. Where did you get your idea […]

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Author of the Month Jon Scieszka

John Scieszka head shot

Getting geared up for science fair? Frank Einstein and his best pal, Watson, tackle some big science questions in Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor, the first book in a new series by Jon Scieszka (rhymes with "Fresca"). Scientist and inventor, Frank Einstein, plans to win the Midville Science Prize, just like his Grandpa Al Einstein […]

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¡Celebremos! Hispanic Heritage Month Reads for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month display

Are you ready for a fiesta of rich and delicious fun this fall? Just stop by the library during National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) for a celebration of books honoring the history, culture and achievements of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico and the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. Here's the best part: You […]

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Hooray for Grandparents!

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National Grandparents Day, September 7, is a day to celebrate all of the wise, older people in your life--whether they're your grandma, your grandpa or someone else special to you.

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We’re Off to See the Wizard!

Wizard of Oz Poster

It's been 75 years since Dorothy stepped into the technicolor world of munchkins and flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz, which still ranks as one of the most awesome movies of all time. The film is based on the book by Chicago native L. Frank Baum, with a few details changed. For example, did you know that Dorothy's shoes were […]

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